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P.J. Murray 7th Jul 2011 - 14:40

Wolves can go top again

Warrington can go back on top of the Super League with a win against an in-form Huddersfield at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The Wolves are flying on the back of five massive victories in their last six games, the biggest coming at home to Swinton in the Challenge Cup when they recorded the record breaking 112-0 win. A narrow loss to Salford at home has been their only blemish as they sailed up the table to occupy top spot before Wigan's win put them ahead.

The giants can go level on points if they manage to upset the home side, Similarly to their opponents they have five of six wins in their last few games and the also lost on the same weekend as Warrington. A narrow defeat away to Wakefield, losing 13-10 their only blotch on an almost perfect recent record.

The home side will have deal without influential captain Adrian Morley and Lee Briers as they look to end a losing run against the Giants. However they will welcome back Louis Anderson to the starting lineup. The Giants only injury concern is Darrell Griffin, the prop is still recovering and is certainly out for Friday night.

In their last three meetings, the Giants have been victorious in all games which included the opening game of this year's season. Not only did the Giants win but they left five Warrington players in the treatment room.

We make Warrington a heavy favourite at 1/4 to end their losing streak and also regain top spot. The visitors are 11/4 while the draw is priced at 20/1.

The last meeting of the sides ended in a 29-10 victory for the Giants, but we have made Warrington a 12 point favourite on the handicap market. You can back them minus the points at 10/11. With their recent string of massive wins they may be good value to cover what could be considered as a small margin.

The main aim for the home side is to get off to the best possible start against Huddersfield, if they can do that and build up momentum they will be difficult to overcome. But the first five to ten minutes will be important and we have the Wolves priced at 1/2 to register the first scoring points of the game.

Joel Monaghan and Brett Hodgson will be the focal point for the Warrington attack, between them they have score 28 tries this season, 14 apiece. Joel is 8/1 to go over first while Brett is 10/1 and both are odds on to score a try at anytime at 4/7 and 8/11 respectively.

For me this will be a tight game, both teams are on form, but it's the fact that Warrington are consistently putting up big scores which leads me to believe they will win this. The 12 point handicap does seem a tad short so I would have a tentative bet on the homeside minus the points.



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